Inventor Peter Olt had a revelation when he was nearly hit by a car while riding his motorcycle, for lack of a horn loud enough to get the attention of the offending vehicle's driver. From this incident, the Screaming Banshee was born.

The Banshee is a custom two-mode horn; one setting is essentially a "polite" volume affair, while the second (activated by holding the horn down longer), is a siren-like wail that justifies the unit's supernatural name.

Apparently the original Screaming Banshee found enough success that Olt believes a smaller, easier to install version will open up more market share for his fledgling company. Enter the Plug & Play Screamer, and a new project page on micro-funding site Indiegogo.

With only one bolt and four wire connections between you and installation, the new Screamer is said to be pretty simple to install, and is seemingly perfect as a safety device for motorcycle and scooter riders everywhere. It is also, based on the video introduction to the product, something that could be hugely annoying in the wrong hands.

Check out the full information on the Plug & Play Screamer's Indiegogo page, or scroll down below to watch Olt explain it himself. But first, turn your computer's volume down – trust us.

Is a dual-level horn like the Plug & Play Screamer a good idea?
Yes, it's a good idea on all vehicles 1886 (44.2%)
Yes, but only on motorcycles and scooters 1231 (28.8%)
Yes, but only on cars and trucks 55 (1.3%)
No, it's not a good idea 709 (16.6%)
I'm not sure 388 (9.1%)

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      • 2 Years Ago
      I have the original screaming banshee on my bike. I do not have the lights wired in, but I have the horn set for 1/4 second delay then full blast. it works pretty good, as you can do the meep-meep with the normal horn, and if you need more motivation you just hold the button down.
      • 2 Years Ago
      In theory, this is a great idea for all cars and bikes. But given the way many people currently use their horns (see traffic jams, where people lay on their horns for no reason) I think louder horns would save a couple wrecks here and there but mostly lead to more noise pollution.
        Gordon Chen
        • 2 Years Ago
        I deal with traffic every day. I never heard anyone honk from frustration of traffic, except in movies.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Gordon Chen
          Then you must not live in Chicago, because it happens a lot here. Not so much on the freeway, but whenever things get jammed up on the roads, people lay on their horns...
      • 2 Years Ago
      If my memory serves me well, the French-made Simca 1000 (circa 1966) featured a horn with a "Town & Country Switch". Softer for in the city and louder for rural areas.
        King of Eldorado
        • 2 Years Ago
        My first car, a 1960 Peugeot 403, also had a two-tone horn--push lightly to get the quieter one, and harder to get the louder one (which still wasn't particularly loud).
      • 2 Years Ago
      Train horns, FTW!
        Rob Cook
        • 2 Years Ago
        Yeah but it's hard to carry a case of beer on my motorcycle with the train horns installed ;)
      • 2 Years Ago
      My solution was to install an air horn. It takes a half-second or so for the compressor to spin up, so quick taps on the horn result in "beep-beep", but holding the horn gets "beeHOOONNNNK!". Works like a charm and required no special devices.
      • 2 Years Ago
      There is no time to wait for the horn to get louder. When someone cuts you off or is trying to, you need an immediate horn, that's why an air horn works just fine. If you want a polite horn, just have another button, just so you can say "Hi".
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nobody ignores an air horn Check ebay for a compact all-in-one package for $27 shipped.
      • 2 Years Ago
      From 1980 until 1991, Mercedes-Benz had a two-mode horn installed from the factory in every S-class. The default position is "highway" which uses the fanfare horns but by pushing a rocker switch, operators can select a "city horn" which is not as loud (in consideration of home owners).
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can I get one that screams, "quit playing with your phone while driving, @$*hole!"
      • 2 Years Ago
      I want a whistle for my car. I saw/heard one on a 48 Ford and loved it. I think a much it's friendlier way of getting someones attention.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I guess he didn't get enough money on kickstarter? as this was a project there that was funded with $30,000+
      mike bye
      • 2 Years Ago
      Perhaps it wasn't that the car didn't hear him, but that he ignored him. Doesn't matter how loud it is it can still be ignored
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